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Arabic students commemorate Arabic Heritage week

Arabic students commemorate Arabic Heritage week

Maya Preuss, Reporter

April 5, 2019

This past week, Arabic classes engaged in several activities to commemorate and learn about Arabic heritage. These educational activities ranged from visiting the Omani Cultural Center to having Arabic and Mediterranean food in the cafeteria for lunch each day. All Arabic classes visited the Omani...

CESJDS hosts STEM challenge modeled after ‘The Amazing Race’

CESJDS hosts STEM challenge modeled after ‘The Amazing Race’

Adam Drexler and Matthew Rabinowitz

April 5, 2019

Over 50 students from 11 different middle schools in the DMV gathered together to participate in a STEM event at CESJDS on Sunday modeled after the television show "The Amazing Race." Three to four participants were grouped into teams that competed in a race to metaphorically cross the finish line fir...

First-ever Renaissance night delivers variety of music and acting performances

First-ever Renaissance night delivers variety of music and acting performances

Ivan Endelman, Reporter

March 28, 2019

Works of art ranging from singing to sword fighting were showcased at the first-ever CESJDS Renaissance night on Wednesday. The event has been in the works for many months, and the practice paid off. “Mr. Dunn, Mr. Feigenson, and Dr. Solomon have been plotting this for months; possibly years in ...

HIV and AIDS speaker, author and advocate Scott Fried speaks to high school students

HIV and AIDS speaker, author and advocate Scott Fried speaks to high school students

Jessica Gallo, Reporter

March 28, 2019

HIV and AIDS advocate and author Scott Fried spoke to CESJDS high school students on Monday, March 25 throughout the day and during lunch and community time. Fried’s message was not just about HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention, but also on the importance of loving yourself, even if you are still...

New Zman Kodesh focuses on women’s involvement in designated prayer time

New Zman Kodesh focuses on women’s involvement in designated prayer time

Izzy May, Opinion Editor

March 26, 2019

A women-only tefillah service is one of the many new Zman Kodesh options that CESJDS will offer in the upcoming school year and that was recently introduced to grades during registration meetings for next year. The women’s service will incorporate traditional prayer with contemporary Jewish ideology,...

AIPAC 2019 in photos

AIPAC 2019 in photos

Alex Landy, Editor-in-chief

March 25, 2019

Yesterday and during this past weekend, over 18,000 Americans of different faiths and political affiliations gathered in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. for the annual AIPAC policy conference to rally around their shared vision: to support the robust alliance between the...

Stem with a purpose: Middle school elective promotes competition

Stem with a purpose: Middle school elective promotes competition

Lincoln Aftergood, Reporter

March 15, 2019

A competition to design devices for use during natural disasters led to a new course for eighth grade students called the Cadena Initiative elective. CESJDS will compete regionally against Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy and put their prototypes on display on Sunday, April 7 at JDS. Whichever school wins t...

Junior’s Instagram post goes viral

Junior’s Instagram post goes viral

Rebecca Safra, Guest Writer

March 15, 2019

On Jan. 10, Hadara Bilsky texted her parents, asking if she could get a dog if she got one million likes on an Instagram post. Without hesitation, her parents agreed, not even imagining that it would come true six weeks later. “I never thought in a million years she would get one million likes,”...

Observing Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

Observing Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

Kayla Liss, Reporter

March 15, 2019

February was Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), a month that has been dedicated to raising awareness about disabilities in the Jewish community. CESJDS recently had a Kabbalat Shabbat that focused on raising awareness with a presentation from a group of students that took a trip t...

School honors gun violence victims in new way

School honors gun violence victims in new way

Carrie Hirsch, Reporter

March 14, 2019

Walkouts and other displays of activism took place on Thursday in the Washington region and across the country to honor the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that happened 13 months ago. Unlike last year, CESJDS did not have a school-sponsored walkout on campus. Dean of ...

Guest speaker returns to JDS for 25th time

Guest speaker returns to JDS for 25th time

Rachel Dori, Guest Writer

March 6, 2019

Dr. Craig Futterman—whom Jewish Text teacher Paul Blank has been inviting to speak to freshman Ethical Dilemmas classes for a quarter of a century—recently returned on Feb. 27 and 28 to speak to the current students taking the class. Futterman, a physician and pediatric cardiac intensive care spec...

Upper School tuition to rise for the upcoming school year

Upper School tuition to rise for the upcoming school year

Irit Skulnik, Style Editor

March 4, 2019

Upper School tuition will increase by 4.5 percent, from $34,720 to $36,280, for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. This increase leaves some members of the CESJDS community wondering how the school will spend its larger revenue. “I am a little curious where all this money is going to because I don’t...

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